A diagnosis of cancer can be mentally and emotionally taxing for patients and their families. You might feel isolated, as though nobody understands what you’re going through. You might feel as though you cannot freely share your worries and concerns with the people in your life. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you should know that you do not have to go through diagnosis and treatment alone. We at ProMedica Cancer Institute offer many programs and services to support cancer patients and their families.
Listed below are a few of our upcoming ProMedica Cancer Institute support programs. Call 1-877-291-1441 to register or for more information.
Free Support Programs
CHAMPS (Choosing Hope and Moving Past Sadness) is a program designed to help kids (ages six and up) and their parents/guardians cope with a loved one’s cancer. The program is offered in two formats: as a three-day summer day camp, or as evening sessions offered each month (March through December). The CHAMPS program helps kids relate to other peers, provides a safe place for self expression, and provides resources to help alleviate fears about cancer. Call 1-877-291-1441 to register or for more information.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
ProMedica Cancer Institute and ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital offer a free support group and opportunity for men to talk openly about their concern for others who are facing prostate cancer. In addition, participants learn and discuss information about treatments, side effects and many other topics as they relate to prostate cancer. Spouses and caregivers are encouraged to attend as well. Meetings are free and confidential. Complimentary refreshments are available. The Prostate Cancer Support Group takes place every second Thursday of the month beginning at 1 p.m. at ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital, Classroom 1, 5901 Monclova Road, Maumee.
For more information about the support group call Don at 419-861-3366 or Joe at 567-455-6347.
Look Good...Feel Better®
Look Good… Feel Better ® is a free American Cancer Society program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Each participant receives a free makeup kit worth $250. Call 800-227-2345 to register.
Nia classes are ongoing, individual sessions offered to breast cancer patients currently undergoing radiation. Using music, movement, and personal expression, Nia classes address the body, mind, emotions, and spirit simultaneously.
Call 1-877-291-1441 to schedule a personal session.
Healing Care Programs
ProMedica Cancer Institute offers classes to help patients heal throughout the cancer experience. The Healing Care program offers classes such as tai chi, yoga, art classes, and individualized sessions to complement traditional treatments. Call 419-824-1878 for more information.
While we offer many community-based support services to help you and your family when you have been affected by cancer, you may wish to seek further support and information. Many national organizations exist that can provide significant information to help you and your family understand cancer and its treatment. These organizations can provide you with free information that can be mailed to your home. Furthermore, many educational resources are available free through the Internet, which provides an invaluable virtual space for learning more about cancer.
American Cancer Society
Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP)
Northern Ohio Breast Health Coalition Fund
Cancer Information Service (of the National Cancer Institute)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
National Coalition of Cancer Survivors
Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure
Lucas County Colorectal Coalition
Ovarian Cancer Society
The Victory Center